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 Post subject: sable's Bontebok for Beginners. Bontebok NP, Dec. '13
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This year our holidays started at the end of November,
the first time that we stayed in South Africa during the Advent season.
Coming from rainy November in Germany we enjoyed the South African early summer very well.

This time I added a new National Park to my list,
it was a first time day visit at Bontebok National Park.


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 Post subject: Bontebok for Beginners
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We arrive at Bontebok National Park about noon.

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These are our first bonteboks not far away from the gate.
It seems they are having siesta, only the youngsters are moving.

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Soon we arrive at the reception to get our permit, something to drink and some sweets.

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We are welcomed by the resident tortoise

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and decide to take the route to the picnic area.

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 Post subject: Re: Bontebok for Beginners
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On our way in the park we see these two bonteboks enjoying the shade of a little tree

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The park is wonderful green

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there is a lot of water.

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We are the only visitors at the picnic area

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 Post subject: Re: Bontebok for Beginners
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Thank you vinkie, Pumbaa, MM, onewithnature and Stampajane.

It was definitely a good start for our SAN Parks visits.
SO preferred a visit to Cape Agulhas, but as the road between Hermanus and
Standford was washed away due to heavy rain falls in the mid of November
we changed our plans to a first time visit to Bontebok National Park. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Bontebok for Beginners
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At the picnic area there is a map of the hiking trails.

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Due to a lot of little black flies we decide to take the walk at our next time visit. :wink:
We know these little black flies already from Augrabies, they always try to get into your eyes,
nose and ears.


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 Post subject: Re: Bontebok for Beginners
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On our way at the tourist loop we see these very shy bonteboks which disappear into the green bush
as they discovered there is someone watching them.

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 Post subject: Re: Bontebok for Beginners
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Wonderful views from the viewpoint

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Elsie's Kraal ...

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... and more typical landscape :)

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 Post subject: Re: Bontebok for Beginners
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We enjoy the view to the Langeberg Mountains.

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Far away we see many bonteboks having siesta

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... and a good camouflaged rhebok taking the time for browsing.

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It seems there had been zebras as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Bontebok for Beginners
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On our way back to the park's gate there is this big bird,
I never saw such a bird before.

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It is as big as a Kori Bustard, but the head looks different.
Maybe it is a Ludwig's Bustard.

When we are back at the bonteboks close to the gate, we discover that there is still siesta time.

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Only the youngsters have moved. Some of them already lay down.
This one is close to the road.

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For us it is time to say good-bye.
Good-bye until next time!

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